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Headlight illumination

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Steve B, Jul 24, 2023.

  1. Steve B

    Steve B XS400 Member

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    1980 SG. Stock wiring. Recently purchased. Am I right in assuming that the headlight will only illuminate after engine start? And it is permanently illuminated after that? (unlike XS650 where there is a separate ON/OFF switch)
     
  2. CaptChrome

    CaptChrome XS400 Addict Top Contributor

    Welcome to the forum.

    Yes.
     
  3. Steve B

    Steve B XS400 Member

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    Cheers mate. If you're up to speed on XS400 TCI , I'd appreciate your thoughts on my recent post "No Spark".
     
  4. CaptChrome

    CaptChrome XS400 Addict Top Contributor

    I will take a look! I am always interested in keeping the old bikes on the road.
     
  5. JPaganel

    JPaganel XS400 Addict Top Contributor

    Always-on headlights for motorcycles became mandatory in US in 1979. So, manufacturers ditched the switches.

    An XS650 that has a switch will be made before 1979.
     
  6. Steve B

    Steve B XS400 Member

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    Thanks. Didn't know that.
     

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